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Cormorant

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by Terry Costales

This bird is resting on an urn placed next to a reflecting pool inside the Stuttgart Zoo. It isn't caged and flew in on its own. I witnessed many herons, storks and cormorants fly into various enclosures to take advantage of the plentiful food supply.

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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by Denver Welte

Bald Eagles are very numerous in Dutch Harbor, where they live year round. They are used to people and you see them perched on dumpsters and piers, looking for an easy meal. Bald comes from the Old English "pie-bald", which means partially white.

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Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)

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by Terry Costales

Our guide Jaime was very excited to see these migratory Jabiru because they were a very rare sight. Jabiru are storks which stand four and a half feet tall. The ones we saw were sedate and seemed to be resting in the shade.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

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by Terry Costales

I have seen many black-crowned night herons but this was the first yellow-crowned I'd ever seen. They reside in Costa Rica year round.

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American White Pelican

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by Terry Costales

There was this one lone white pelican at the nature center that day. It was probably an injured bird being nursed back to health, or it just knew a good hand-out when it saw one.

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Lesser Scaup

(81 views)
by Terry Costales

The male lesser scaup is almost identical to the male greater scaup. The head of the lesser gleams purple whereas the greater gleams green. Supposedly the lesser is also smaller than the greater, but I haven't found that to be so.

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

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by Terry Costales

The Little Blue was the prettiest heron I saw in Costa Rica. Its body was blue, the neck a purplish color and it always appeared very graceful. We saw them in every region we visited.

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White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis)

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by Terry Costales

I was quite taken with this two foot tall, chicken-turkey-like bird. It's a ground dwelling native of eastern Africa.

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Northern "Bullock's" Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

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by Terry Costales

I observed this female oriole as it fed and then flew into its nearby nest. It would remain in its nest a few minutes, then fly out again. The nest would have been invisible if not for the white egret feathers the orioles had used in its construction.

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Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)

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by Terry Costales

You only need to glimpse the bill of this bird to know exactly why it is called boat-billed.

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Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja, sometimes Ajaia ajaja)

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by Terry Costales

On our boat trip to Turtle Beach Lodge we saw many Roseate Spoonbills feeding near the banks. When they feed, they move their heads rapidly back and forth in the shallow water, making them look very industrious and a bit silly.

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Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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by Terry Costales

A large fledgling appears mesmerized by the camera.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

It's breeding season again for the Night Herons and Snowy Egrets. Here is a Heron settling a property dispute with his Egret neighbor.

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Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

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by Terry Costales

Earlier this year the cliff swallows were busy feeding their young under the eaves of the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center.

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Bar-headed Geese

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by Terry Costales

There is a small flock of these beautiful geese living on the small lake inside the zoo. Bar-headed geese were featured in the nature documentary "Winged Migration" which I highly reccomend.

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Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

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by Terry Costales

Another view of the distant and beautiful Harrier.

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Bufflehead

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by Terry Costales

This is a photo of a female Bufflehead. She definitely has a quieter look than her handsome but flashy mate.

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Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

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by Terry Costales

There were many male and female Goldeneyes out on the lake that day. This is a very handsome male. Goldeneyes are closely related to Buffleheads and are also found in Scotland and Great Britain.

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Canvasback female

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by Terry Costales

Here is the mate of yesterday's male Canvasback. She is in almost the exact same pose that he, but here you can see her paler, gentler colors.

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

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by Terry Costales

Wood storks are common in this area, unlike the Jabiru. They aren't as tall as the Jabiru but equal them in their unusual appearance.

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

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by Terry Costales

The male Bufflehead is a strikingly beautiful bird. There were several on the lake this summer-like day, having a good time diving to avoid the photographer.

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Western Grebe

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by Terry Costales

There were many Western Grebes on the lake. They were more wary of people than the ducks and kept their distance.

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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by Terry Costales

I saw this osprey dive into the river and come up with a fish. Unfortunately the image is not sharp because the boat was moving fast, the bird was far away and flying fast. I'm glad I at least got to see it.

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Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)

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by Terry Costales

Although a large and very stately bird, this is actually the smallest variety of crane.

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

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by Bryan Costales

I had no camera that day in Union Square. So I became the director of the photo shoot. That means I said, "Honey, get a shot of that starling for me!" I'm not sure if I said please, but Bryan is always forgiving.

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